According to Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel, Miami cornerback Artie Barnes decided Monday to declare for the 2016 NFL draft. With the declaration, the junior will exhaust his college eligibility.
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In October, Burns’ mother, Dana Smith, died after a heart attack. Burns cited her death as part of his decision to forego his senior year and go pro early.
“Due to my mom’s sudden passing and my father being incarcerated, I now have custody of my two younger brothers and my son to raise. It is my responsibility to be the financial supporter my family needs to continue our day-to-day lives,” Burns wrote. “Also, playing in the National Football League has always been a dream of mine and I believe the time to pursue this dream is now. I feel I am mentally and physically ready. Now that the time has come for me to take the next step in my journey, I will come back to complete my degree from this prestigious university.”
Barnes, a 6’0”, 197-pound cornerback from Miami, Florida, is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 36 tackles with an impressive six interceptions (an ACC high this season) and five pass deflections.
He is viewed as the No.11 cornerback in CBSSports.com’s 2016 NFL draft board.